Amelias Balboa Island

Amelia Arbace Seton began a business that would become one of the oldest family-owned restaurant in Orange County. Known as a cory landmark on Marine Avenue, Amelia's Restaurant has a long history that includes three generations, each filled with a story of their own.

Amelia Arbace Seton began a business that would become one of the oldest family-owned restaurant in Orange County. Known as a cory landmark on Marine Avenue, Amelia's Restaurant has a long history that includes three generations, each filled with a story of their own.

202 Reviews

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    amazing food. great local spot. unfortunately its now shut down.

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    One of our favorite island places, especially for weekend lunch/brunch. Superb service from genuinely warm and friendly people. The sanddabs are a must. Justifiably praised for their fresh seafood. Big salads. They've just changed hands ... so please keep the chef and the wait staff!!

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    My husband and I loved going to the Sunday brunch with our dog where we could sit at the outside table and we could enjoy wonderful food and watch the world go by. We are so sad to see new owners taking over and fixing something that wasn't broken. The food was wonderful along with the staff. Don't like the new owners already, as found out they will be doing away with our outside table. We will miss Amelia's.

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    We have been coming to your restaurant for many years. Love setting at the small table outside when the weather is nice. Food is outstanding and priced fairly. Sorry to hear it was sold but hope they keep up the good work.

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    Incredible lobster ravioli. If ever in the area again, it's on my list of places to visit again.

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    Incredible lobster ravioli. If ever in the area again, it's on my list of places to visit again.

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    Personally, I cannot understand why this restaurant has only a 4-star rating. I am 2nd generation Italian and have travelled all over Italy from Venice in the north down to Sorrento and the Isle of Capri in the south, and every village and town in between. My husband and I had the pleasure of dining at Amelia's the other night and I can honestly say I have never tasted finer Italian food anywhere. Everything from our Bruschetta to our Prima, to the desert was absolutely prepared to perfection. I never thought it possible to have restaurant Italian food better than what I can make at home. Well, Amelia's accomplished that! Never have I had such delectable, perfectly prepared Italian food. Newport is a little over an hour away from San Diego, where we live, but we will be making the trip up there, hopefully at least once a month. Amelia's food is incomparable!

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    My wife and I had an AWESOME late lunch today.... your Linguini Pescatore was KILLER!!!!!

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    I CAN ALWAYS BE SURE OF GREAT FOOD, SERVICE AND AMBIANCE--WHAT MORE COULD I ASK FOR IN MY FAVORITE PLACE TO DINE? WELL, MAYBE A FREE GLASS OF WINE? : )

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    We dine at Amelia's at least 1 night during our 2 week SoCal vacation from NJ. It is always the first night we dine to ensure our vacation will be memorable. The staff, service, and food at Amelia's has never disappointed my wife and I. You cannot fix what isn't broken, so don't monkey with success. Not even the parking issues can ruin a good dinner at Amelia's. Alan & Iris Borack, Woodbridge, NJ

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